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Firefighters battle Holy Fire as it approaches structures

11 August, 2018, 21:31 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • This satellite image released on Tuesday Aug. 7 2018 provided by NOAA shows the wildfires known as the Mendocino Complex Calif. Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in California history breaking a record set only months ear

The Holy Fire continues burning across Orange and Riverside counties, two of the state's most populous, and as of Thursday morning had scorched more than 9,600 acres - an nearly 50% increase from the night before. At least 17 major wildfires were burning across California on Thursday, with the Holy Fire dwarfed by other blazes farther north.

Cal Fire crews are helping federal firefighters put out flames in national forests and one that has reached Yosemite National Park, prompting its closure at the height of tourist season.

Johnson said the parties quickly get big and raucous, in part, because of social media.

Firefighters planned to work through the night to gain ground against the blaze before the expected Friday afternoon return of blustery winds that might drive the flames to new ferocity.

A Southern California wildfire that has been raging for several days south of Los Angeles is now 29 percent contained.

Clark refused to go to court on Thursday, so his arraignment was rescheduled for today, according to the Associated Press. There are teams from almost every central coast fire department at the more than two dozen wildfires burning in California.

Flames engulf a hillside Thursday in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Firefighters say the blaze, which has burned through more than 10,000 acres and forced the evacuations of 20,000 people, is just 5 percent contained.

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Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the flames, which have charred more than 18,000 acres (7,280 hectares). "We continue to actively engage, but can not get ahead of the fire", it said. He also claimed he had been threatened by the MS-13 gang.

Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said, "This shouldn't be called the Holy Jim Fire, this should be called the Holy Hell Fire".

The charges being leveled could carry a life sentence, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office. He's being held on $1 million bail.

There are now a number of wildfires burning across California.

Since starting on July 27, the fires - which are being fought together as a single incident - have destroyed more than 100 homes near Clear Lake and become the largest fire in recorded state history.

Michael Milligan, chief of the Holy Jim Volunteer Fire Department, told the newspaper that Clark had a decade-long feud with neighbors and sent him threatening emails last week, including one that said, "this place will burn". "Steep terrain, dry fuels, and inaccessible areas continue to be a factor in fire spread", the U.S. Forest Service said on the Inciweb fire tracking website. It has killed seven people, including two firefighters, and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes.

Now a smoky haze hovers over much of the state, creating unsafe breathing conditions. The size of the fires brings new horror as the state still reels from enormous blazes past year and has yet to hit its most risky months historically.



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